Float Away With the Import
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Top Customer Reviews
The fact that they love passionately what they're doing shines through on each and every track: there isn't a duff one on the album.
Play it loud and play it over...... Bruce Springsteen liked 'em enough to guest on the opening track, and The Boss ain't a bad judge!
Don't just buy this one though: buy their previous album "Kids in Philly" too - you won't regret it: thats a promise.
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Excellent......things are working. See, our new album was meant to drive pathetic rootsy music purists to an early grave. You know, people like yourself who think they really know "REAL" music, but who are actually just overweight f--kwits (like you) who never get laid by anything less than a hippopotamus. Anyway, go buy our new one and give it another whirl......it really is our best one yet. Later on, fatboy.
Hardly the most mature response to criticism, but I can at least respect them for answering their mail. Don't waste your time and money on this album; in fact, don't even bother checking the song clips. That way you'll be able to still feel good about "Kids in Philly," and maybe hold the band in some degree of esteem.
I first saw Marah as an opening act two summers ago, and they blew Steve Earle (one of my favourites) off the stage with their raw, eclectic energy. I bought "Kids In Philly" right there, and it's been one of my favourites ever since. The energy on that record seemed, I guess, more sincere. "Float Away" is energetic, but it comes across as a more manufactured.
To be honest, as soon as I heard "Float Away", I thought, 'Uh-oh, here comes radio.' How selfish is that? Contrary to a lot of fans of bands like Marah, I don't feel they owe me a darn thing. They earned my attention by their live performance, and I choose whether or not to buy the records, and they can do whatever they like.
That said, I'll enjoy this record for what it is -- a hard-driving collection of immediately likeable songs that carry some of the same lyrical irony of their earlier work, even though it sounds like a different band. And, I can't wait to hear these songs next to those from "Philly" and "Cut the Crap" in concert, and see how they fit together.
Honestly, the record would have been so much better if it was less noisy. On the lead single 'Float Away' near the end, there are at least four vocal tracks saying something different. It's very hard to make sense what's going on, turning a potentially great song in the vein of Bon Jovi or Springsteen (ironic that he guests on 'Float Away') into a noise collage. There are a few catchy songs on here nonetheless, like 'Shame' and 'What 2 Bring', but they too are buried under layers of noise. It's kind of like there's too MUCH sound on this record. If they stripped some of the background vocals and guitars down (especially on songs like 'Crying On An Aeroplane') this becomes a good, solid disc. Maybe not as good as the first two, but an admirable follow-up. Instead this becomes a potential career-killer. Hopefully the next one will be better.
If you're still interested in hearing it, try to find the version of 'Float Away' w/o Springsteen and then compare that to the album version to see what I mean about too much sound.